On Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 of November, the University held graduation ceremonies for our 2020 graduands, who were finally able to come together at the Barbican Centre; both days were a huge success. Take a look at the amazing video on our social media showing the celebrations.
For those who graduate in 2021
14 January 2022 10am - Guildhall School of Business and Law
14 January 2022 2.30pm - The School of Art, Architecture and Design
7 February 2022 10am - School of Computing and Digital Media & School of Human Sciences
7 February 2022 2.30pm - School of Social Sciences and Professions
For those who graduated in 2020
All graduations for those who were awarded in 2020 have now taken place. please email email@example.com if you did not book to attend one to see if we can offer you an opportunity to attend a graduation in the future.
In order to make sure everyone is as safe as possible, we are asking all of our guests to wear a face covering at all times in the Barbican, unless they are exempt. In addition, we are requiring all guests to provide evidence of a negative Covid test from the same date as their ceremony. Please do not bring the test itself, as it is a biohazard. Instead, register your result via the Government's Covid-19 pages and show us the text message or email that confirms your negative status when you arrive at the Barbican Centre.
The invitation will be emailed to both personal and London Metropolitan University email addresses as held on your student record, we do not use any email address you use in email communication, only those placed on your record. It is a student’s responsibility to keep this information up to date.
If you have not received an invitation please log into your Evision account to confirm you have been awarded. You can also check the email address you have on record.
Guests requiring a visa
We appreciate that if you and/or your guests require a visa to attend the graduation ceremony then you may require a visa to enter the UK. please visit the UKVI webpages for information about visitor's visas.
The University does not issue any special documentation in connection with visa applications to attend the graduation ceremony. You are advised to contact your School Office if you require a letter confirming the dates of your graduation ceremony.
London Metropolitan University holds graduation ceremonies at the Barbican Centre which is in central London and is easily accessible by rail, underground and road. A map of the immediate area, clear directions and parking information are helpfully provided by the Barbican Centre on their website.
It is always worth checking the travel conditions in London before starting your journey and Transport for London (TfL) provides the latest travel information.
Remember that if you are driving into central London you may have to pay the London congestion charge.
Each graduation holds a maximum of 400 graduate seats. Bookings will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
The graduate ticket is free, but must still be ordered using the University’s official booking site. More information on how to book will only be communicated by your invitation email.
Graduates and guests are seated in different parts of the hall and all tickets are non-transferrable.
Graduation is a formal and celebratory occasion and graduates may wish to enjoy the day with their family and friends. The duration of the ceremony is normally around one hour and 30 minutes. We ask for graduates and guests to respect their peers and to remain seated until the ceremony has finished.
Guest tickets cost £30 per person. You may purchase up to four tickets.
Any child over the age of two years old will require a ticket. There are no concession prices and tickets are checked by staff before entering the main hall.
Young children may become restless and cause some disruption to those seated nearby, in which case we would advise exiting the main hall. Please note there isn't a creche or any child-minding facilities at the Barbican Centre.
If you or your guests have any special requirements, you should inform the graduation team of this during the booking process. Please note that graduates normally ascend and descend the stage via a short set of steps. If this is inaccessible, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately and we can make alternative arrangements.
The Barbican has produced a very detailed Access Guide, which may help you identify any special requirements you may have for the day.
The Vice-Chancellor has decided that academic dress (gown, hood and hat) is now optional for London Metropolitan University graduation ceremonies. However, as this is a formal event, we suggest graduates and guests are smartly dressed.
Ede & Ravenscroft provide the University officials’ gowns and also provide a gowning service for graduates which can be booked online in advance of graduation. Information about how to use this service will be sent in your invitation. Other suppliers are also available and if you choose to use them you will be required to bring your academic dress with you on the day.
Please note that only gown suppliers can assist with any queries you have regarding their services - the University cannot deal with these queries.
A photography service is provided by Ede & Ravenscroft on the day of graduation. They will have several photography studios available on the day in the Barbican Centre (not within the main hall). Photography must be ordered in advance when you order your tickets.
Other suppliers may be available, but other photographers will not be permitted to use Ede & Ravenscroft’s studios and can only attend in the main hall as a paid ticketed guest of the graduate. If they attend as a guest, they can only take photos from their seat and must not disrupt other guests around them.
On the day
You must only arrive at the Barbican Centre about 1 hour and 30 minutes before your ceremony is due to commence. This will give you time to register, collect your tickets, academic dress (if ordered), and have your photograph taken. There will be queues, so please ensure you and your guests know where you each need to go and leave enough time.
The registration desk will open 1 hour and 30 minutes before the start of your ceremony. Join the queue appropriate to your last name to register, collect your graduate seat ticket, any guest tickets, and your presentation card (without these you will not be able to enter the hall). Please keep your presentation card with you at all times.
Collecting Ede & Ravenscroft academic dress
If you have ordered a gown via Ede & Ravenscroft or you wish to do so on the day, after registration turn to face where you entered the stalls floor and the Ede & Ravenscroft gowning area is in the far-left corner.
Once you have registered and collected your academic dress, you can have your photographs taken by Ede & Ravenscroft.
It's better to have your photograph taken before your ceremony if you have arrived in time to do so – but you must get to your seat in the main hall in good time before your ceremony is due to start.
We recommend you check in your coats and bags as soon as you can. This is directly behind the main registration desk.
We appreciate that for a variety of reasons, graduates can be delayed. If you do arrive late, staff will make every effort to accommodate you. However, we stress that if you arrive after the ceremony has commenced, to avoid disruption, your entry to the hall will be delayed until an appropriate point in the ceremony and you may not be located in your correct seat, and it may not be possible for you to process across the stage.
After the ceremony
The Barbican Centre has several restaurants and cafes providing a range of food and beverages if you wish to use those services.
Ordering a recording of your graduation ceremony
Mygraduationfilm.com will be filming your graduation ceremony live. Copies of your ceremony are available to purchase on DVD, USB key or as a Digital Download. To order your lifetime keepsake please visit Mygraduationfilm.com or the ground floor sales point at the Barbican, straight after your graduation ceremony. DVDs and USB keys will be available for purchase and to take home on the day.
When booking you must agree to the Terms and Conditions of which one is "I understand that once booked, tickets are neither refundable nor transferable, unless cancelled by the University."
However if after booking tickets you find that you/your guests will not be able to attend, please contact us and explain the circumstances and if this is before your seat/ticket allocation we may try to reallocate the seats.